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Taunton School - ISSCC - International Education & Study Abroad SpecialistSchool ID: 717
School Name: Taunton School
School Type: Co-Ed
City: Taunton, Somerset
Tuition fee: 1 year GCSE / Pre-IB - 10,750 per term (2012-2013), 11,500 per term (2013-2014)
Residential Type: Boarding House
Rental fee: Included in tuition fee (Boarding)
Program offer: 1 year GCSE program, 1 year Pre-IB
Other Information: Taunton is a market town located in the south west of England. Taunton has good rail and road links to London (1 hour 45 mins by train). Exeter and Bristol are both 40 mins by car. Our Goal To prepare students for entry into the British education system at GCSE, IB or A level, enabling them to reach their academic potential and take a full part in the sports, social and cultural life of British boarding schools. The Schoolis part of Taunton Schoolis for both girls and boys aged 9 to 17is for people who speak English as their first or second languageoffers intensive English for academic purposesoffers One Year GCSE and Pre-IB Programmesoffers intensive academic courses for Boarding School preparation 1 Year GCSE Programme GCSEs (General Certificate in Secondary Education) are the examinations that British students take at the end of Year 11, when they are 16. It normally takes two years to study GCSEs. Good UK schools require 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above to study A Levels or the IB in the Sixth Form. At Taunton School International we offer a One Year GCSE Programme. This is an intensive course which allows students aged 15-17 to take up to 8 GCSEs in half the time of a normal school course. It is the best possible preparation for Sixth Form study in a UK school, saving time and money. The entry process involves a combination of age, overall academic ability and level of English. English level is tested as a part of the entry process and students should demonstrate a level approximately equivalent to Upper A2 / B1 (or better) on the Common European Framework. Students who are not able to join our One Year GCSE Programme because of their level of English and/or their age can apply to enter Taunton School International Middle School. The great advantage of having GCSE qualifications is that students at Taunton School International find it easier to get into the school of their choice and are much better prepared to study A levels or the IB Diploma. 1 Year Pre-IB Programme When students leave us for 6th Form study, they may choose to study the IB Diploma (International Baccalaureate Diploma) as an alternative to A Levels. This qualification, as its name suggests, is internationally recognised and more details can be found at www.ibo.org. An increasing number of independent UK schools are offering this qualification, including Taunton School. Students study 6 subjects, 3 at Higher level and 3 at Standard level, and these subjects must include English, Mathematics, a science subject, a humanities subject, a language and an arts subject or another subject from one of the other groups. Thus students on the IB course avoid the early specialisation that the A Level course involves. In addition to this range of subjects, students will write an Extended Essay (EE) on a subject of their choice, complete a course in the Theory of Knowledge (ToK), and participate in the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) programme. The Theory of Knowledge course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning and encourage an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. The essay requires independent research and the type of writing skills that will be needed at university.

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